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Sep 21, 2011 7:03 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot To Wage Write-In Campaign Against Throne-Holst For Southampton Supervisor

Sep 28, 2011 11:17 AM

After spending some time out of the spotlight, former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot has returned, front and center, to the stage of politics—and this time her self-proclaimed role is to offer town residents a choice at the polls in November.

Forty pounds slimmer and possessing a renewed vigor, Ms. Kabot is preparing to take on Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst by waging a write-in campaign. The former supervisor made her announcement public on Wednesday, September 21.

“Clearly, the supervisor’s race makes this a race,” Ms. Kabot said this week. “The election is boring, quite frankly, without a supervisor challenger. So I’m stepping up to offer the voters an alternative to the incumbent and to encourage them to exercise their right to choose.”

Ms. Throne-Holst, who has been endorsed by the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families parties, is the only supervisor candidate who will appear on this year’s ballot. The Republican Party did not endorse a candidate after current Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi declined the party’s nomination last spring.

Ms. Kabot said she plans to seek support from an independent, grassroots base. While she said she expects to receive support from a majority of Republican Party committee members, the town GOP will not formally support her candidacy along with those of Bill Hughes and Christine Preston Scalera, who are the Republican candidates for two Town Board seats.

This week, Bill Wright, the new chairman of the Southampton Town Republican Committee, said he’s not considering endorsing Ms. Kabot. He added that Ms. Kabot met with the new leadership of the party at its reorganizational meeting last week.

“I’m not considering anything at this time,” Mr. Wright said. “We’re focused on the candidates we have right now on the Republican line.”

Ms. Throne-Holst said Ms. Kabot’s write-in campaign will not alter her reelection strategy. “I think a write-in candidacy is a complicated prospect,” she said. “She doesn’t have a party behind her.”

A registered Republican who lives in Quogue, Ms. Kabot, 43, served as Southampton Town supervisor in 2008 and 2009, and as a member of the Town Board from 2002 until 2007. She was defeated in the 2009 general election by Ms. Throne-Holst, who is registered with the Independence Party.

As Ms. Kabot tells it, the idea of pursuing a write-in campaign was gradual. Many supporters approached her throughout the past year, she said, and asked her if it was okay if they wrote her name down in the write-in box on the ballot. Ms. Kabot said she spent a lot of time explaining to people how to do that correctly.

“After a while of telling people this, it became, ‘Well, why the heck do I not step up and offer my name, my strength of character, my credentials for supervisor as a challenger?’” she said.

Earlier this year, the GOP scrambled to find other potential supervisor candidates after its first choice, Mr. Nuzzi, declined the nomination. There was also speculation that Town Councilwoman Nancy Graboski, whose term expires at the end of this year and cannot seek reelection to her seat due to term limits, would take a stab at the supervisor’s seat. But Ms. Graboski said she plans to retire from public office later this year in order to spend time with her family. Various other potential candidates reportedly declined the nomination as well.

Ms. Kabot said this week that she did have conversations with GOP officials—whom she declined to identify—about whether or not she should make a run against Ms. Throne-Holst. “Now I am really stepping up, and it’s too late to put my name on the ballot,” Ms. Kabot said. “And who wants to vote for a blank box as the only alternative to the current supervisor?”

Southampton Town Democratic Committee Chairman Gordon Herr said this week that he does not view Ms. Kabot as a serious candidate. He added that his party’s campaign strategy will not change now that the former supervisor has entered the fray. He also noted that other party members were not fazed by the announcement.

“Quite honestly, it’s not a major news item,” Mr. Herr said. “We’re really not talking about it particularly.”

He also said he does not think that Ms. Kabot has a shot at unseating Ms. Throne-Holst. In 2009, Ms. Throne-Holst received almost 58 percent of all ballots cast, while Ms. Kabot, the then-incumbent, received approximately 42 percent.

“She certainly doesn’t compare with Anna,” Mr. Herr said. “Anna’s much more effective, and she’s a better supervisor.”

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Good luck Linda
Tough row to hoe on a write in.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Sep 21, 11 7:18 PM
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Aha! Is this why ATH suddenly changed her tune? She sees that she doesn't have a chance against Linda Kabot's stand, so she has adopted some of it for herself. Smart move, but transparent.
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Sep 21, 11 7:21 PM
I've only been a resident a short time but I'm inclined to vote for anyone BUT Ms. Throne Holst. Ms. Kabot, please be sure to publicize your priorities and position on key issues. Thank you.
By margaret8000 (6), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 21, 11 8:30 PM
If you've only been a resident for a short time, I'd suggest doing some research before throwing your support behind Linda Kabot.
By RealLocal (76), Bridgehampton on Sep 22, 11 10:32 AM
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And, RealLocal, I'd suggest that if you have a substantive issue to raise, then do so instead of the sleazy innuendo.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 22, 11 2:21 PM
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what was the sleazy innuendo?
By tm (174), mtk on Sep 23, 11 4:57 PM
RealLocal, in advising Margaret8000 to do "some research before throwing your support behind Linda Kabot," is suggesting that there's something underhanded that she (M8000) should know before committing to to support the former Supervisor's run for officer.

That's BS and sleazy! If RL knows something, let her come out and say it -- with specifics!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 24, 11 2:15 AM
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i think your response was the lazy one.
By tm (174), mtk on Sep 27, 11 11:38 AM
Thanks Linda. At least now we have an election for supervisor.
By danrudan (40), Southampton on Sep 21, 11 8:40 PM
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Thanks Linda-ATH has proven she does not deserve 2 more years
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 21, 11 9:06 PM
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Perhaps an opportunity to correct an injustice.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Sep 21, 11 9:09 PM
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I could not be happier we will hear this wonderful news!!! I prayed Linda would run for this position, she deserves to win! Linda did a great job when she was Town supervisor!! Linda Kabot for Southampton Town Supervisor!! Linda Kabot, You go girl!!
By mystcstar (51), Quogue on Sep 21, 11 10:10 PM
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History has shown what a great Supervisor Linda Kabot was. Dealt a deadly hand by her wild spending predecessor Skip Heaney who forensic auditors showed cooked the books through his Comptroller Charlene Kagel and left the Town with millions in Deficits, she bravely addressed the Town's problems no matter who it affected inspite of threats by the offenders!

She addressed the Police Deficits by requiring the overstaying Cops to retire, proposed 4% Million in spending cuts to reverse ...more
By Common Sense (56), Southampton on Sep 21, 11 10:52 PM
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You forgot one word at the opening of your comment so I fixed it for you, "REVISIONIST History has shown what a great Supervisor Linda Kabot was."
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Sep 22, 11 10:05 AM
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Razza, you don't get off that easily with your glib one liners. What exactly did I revise? Be specific please!
By Common Sense (56), Southampton on Sep 22, 11 11:08 AM
Don't sweat it, CS -- R5351 is a knee-jerk hater. Just look at the icon.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 22, 11 2:24 PM
I'll vote for her!
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 22, 11 12:34 AM
My family and I will all write in Linda's name and cast our vote for her. We are thoroughly fed up with hubris displayed on a daily basis by ATH!
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on Sep 22, 11 12:05 PM
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Linda, where can I pick up a lawn sign?
By Woohampton (35), Westhampton Beach on Sep 22, 11 6:54 AM
Whoever was in that YouTube video driving a Camry was in my opinion good and drunk and should have been convicted of same. "I was framed" is what all the inmates say. Honey, if that was you in the Camry, you got your big break. Don't push it.
By bluelightning (21), Hampton Bays on Sep 22, 11 7:48 AM
It's frightening that you could be one of twelve "peers" on a jury.
By justdfacts (3), Southampton on Sep 22, 11 8:31 AM
Must be drinkin' whitelightnin'.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 28, 11 7:04 PM
Now would be a good time to order 20K Pens & start giving them out!
By G (342), Southampton on Sep 22, 11 9:18 AM
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By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Sep 22, 11 10:04 AM
Bring it on. It will be 2009 all over again, without the drama.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Sep 22, 11 10:37 AM
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Fantastic!

By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Sep 22, 11 10:39 AM
Wonderful news. The only elected Town official known to have a spine is back - - - and untainted by any affiliation with the disgraced Town Republican Party.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Sep 22, 11 11:31 AM
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Linda,

Run and win. You have my vote. Clean it up.

Vote Kabot and Hughes

Bring back integrity
By Steven (113), Westhampton on Sep 22, 11 1:49 PM
Don't forget to also vote for a brilliant candidate, Christine Scalera!
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on Sep 22, 11 7:08 PM
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By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on Sep 22, 11 1:50 PM
I'll drink to that!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 22, 11 2:40 PM
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now the Kabot/Scalera/hughes team have a chance to make up for all the problems ATH has thrown under the bus for the past 2 years.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Sep 22, 11 8:54 PM
Not to mix a metaphor or anything, but we "get" your point!

The proof of what's been swept under the carpet, is that Throne-Holst's "fiscal plans" seem to have been borrowed from Kabot two years ago.

Nothing new, but if they are good enough now, why didn't ATH get on that program when she took office?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 23, 11 10:10 AM
So does this mean she will be dropping her lawsuits against the town? That could be awkward serving the community you would be serving...
By aschor06 (9), Sag Harbor on Sep 22, 11 9:35 PM
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I don't think she's suing the Town, just Westhampton Beach Village -- and that is going to be awkward since she's from that area and has had good support there in the past.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 23, 11 10:14 AM
She's not suing.

She has simply reserved the right to potentially do so.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 28, 11 7:05 PM
Linda Kabot would be an asset to your Town.
By Summer Resident (251), Manhattan on Sep 22, 11 10:57 PM
I hope you win Linda, ATH is taking you budget cutting ideas and trying to make them her own. Win please and send this phoney back to where she came from.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 23, 11 10:51 AM
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Vote for Kabot, Hughes and Scalera.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 23, 11 10:57 AM
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WATCH YOUR BACK LINDA. WE KNOW ALL ABOUT ATH,S HISSY FITS.
By patrickstar (67), hampton bays on Sep 23, 11 11:46 AM
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Good luck my friend Linda!
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 11 6:24 PM
Linda, i MUST SAY i AM CONFUSED. YOU HAVE SAID TO ME MANY TIMES THESE PAST TWO SUMMERS HOW RELIEVED YOU WERE BEING OUT OF SOUTHAMPTONT TtOWN HAL,L, BEING AT HOME A MOTHER AND A WIFE AND SO HAPPY. . SO WHY NOW????????????????. IS IT WORTH IT????

CAROL EAST QUOGUE
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Sep 23, 11 6:56 PM
Linda has unfinished business in town hall she can't be a stay at home Mom.
She was born in this town and I think her passion is caring about the residents by keeping things honest in town hall.

Linda, listen to the good advise above and watch your back. Remember ATH plays dirty.


By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 24, 11 1:03 AM
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Maybe if we get Linda back she can do such wonderful things like our PRESIDENT such as unecessary spending and put this town back in a economic crisis like you have once done before for us!! Becareful who you vote for!
By johnnyhampton (82), Southampton on Sep 25, 11 7:28 AM

JH, you love to post utter falsehoods designed to snow the innocents, never mentioning any facts to support your assertions.

FACT: It was Skip Heaney who doubled Town spending to $82 Million while accumulating massive deficits (the biggest was the southampton Police Dept).

FACT: It was heaney who used Voodoo accounting through Charlene Kagel, that was exposed by Forensic accountants hired by the Town Board, to mask and hide the financial irregularities. These deficits were ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Sep 25, 11 11:44 AM
hey jh

You have your facts wrong, if you want to know the truth, call me, my number is in the phone book. I am curious how you came to these conclusions.

regards,

lance kabot
By lancek (3), quogue on Oct 7, 11 3:37 PM
How about that 1 million dollars she lost and doesnt have any idea where it went? You don't think that hurts opinions of southampton town voters. and I did not make any comments on Skip Heaney I'm talking about Linda Kabot!! Sorry to hurt your feelings!!
By johnnyhampton (82), Southampton on Sep 25, 11 12:07 PM

What $1 Million are you talking about that you can attribute to Kabot that she lost? Can you support that allegation? Be specific. In 2008 and 2009 before the forensic auditors provided their results, there were so many inaccurate figures because of Kagel's accounting that figures thought to be accurate and real turned out to be false and "disappeared" like the Town's Fund Balances.

In 2008, the Supervisor and Town Board were working with figures that they thought were real. In fact ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Sep 25, 11 12:25 PM
Before we canonize Linda Kabot for trying (but failing) to clean up the Town's financial mess, before we absolve her of any blame for being a key player on the team that caused that mess, and especially before we call her "untainted by any affiliation with the disgraced Town Republican Party," as Highhat unbelievably does, let's remember a few facts:

The Supervisor is the chief financial oficer of Southampton Town.

Linda Kabot served as the admitted right hand of Republican Supervisor ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Sep 26, 11 12:42 PM
to fidelis:

Actually, I was referring to the Kratoville and Noyac Bay Road disgraces which post-dated Linda Kabot's Council membership.

The Heaney financial shenanigans occurred during her tenure and she must bear her share of the blame. But the Southampton Republican Party did everything to prevent her becoming Supervisor so she is not beholden to them.

Finally, when the irregularities came to light, she acted swiftly (and unpolitically) to correct them and to balance ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Sep 26, 11 1:21 PM
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fidelis lets not forget that (and you should know this fidelis) the financial mess happened under Heaney with a democratic majority on the town board. Where were they when Heaney (as you say) was running the town into a ditch? Did they not know what was going on??
I don't know why you say Kabot was the key player. She could not stand Heaney, then or now. We all know that the feeling were mutual.
As highhatsize said above, at least Kabot made an attemp to clean up the mess. She cut the budget ...more
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 26, 11 2:17 PM
During Heaney's two terms as Supervisor he has Nancy Graboski, Dennis Suskind, Steven Kenny and Linda Kabot on the Town Board, then when Suskind left Chris Nuzzi came on, and after Kenny left it was Sally Pope and then Anna Throne-Holst. Where's this "democratic majority on the town board?"

It's too soon to try that sort of revisionism.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 26, 11 2:57 PM
Actually there was a period of time when three Democrats were the Board majority, to wit: Carolyn Zenk, Steve Kinney and Dennis Suskind.
By WinkieDinkLives (9), Southampton on Sep 26, 11 6:06 PM
winkiedinklives you are correct when Heaney was first elected as Supervisor, during the years of spending wildly the dem town board majority were not paying attention.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 26, 11 8:04 PM

Fidelis, you made 5 charges and conclusions above against Kabot but presented no proof that makes any sense - just a dazzling array of non-sequiturs and logical fallacies. It's lifted straight out of the Anna campaign playbook.

Let me dissect your unproven charges that are without any merit or credibility:

1)Kabot was the Chief Financial Officer/Supervisor so she was at fault. The forensic accountants noted that the problems occurred from 2002-2007, the years Heaney was the ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Sep 26, 11 10:33 PM
Hey Obbservant, I really must have hit a nerve if you're responding at such great length. Of course, the relative length of our posts just demonstrates that you're putting a lot of words in my mouth -- I didn't say more than about a tenth of what you attribute to me, if that. The guilty flee when none pursue, right? I think it's you who's on someone's campaign staff. Just looked back at my post very carefully, and I stand by every word. As I say, must have hit a nerve.
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Sep 29, 11 1:52 PM
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Obbservant sounds a lot like Linda Kabot to me..
How pathetic...posting to your own story
By lucklucy (9), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 11 3:24 PM
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fidelis, re-read your post.

I stand by Obbservant's post.

The only nerve I see, is related to the gall you must have to post such simplistic, short sighted drivel.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 29, 11 8:23 PM
Come on, Z, you re-read my post. Exactly what is not factually accurate in my initial post? Name it. Put up or shut up.
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Oct 2, 11 12:07 PM
Obbservant
Well said and right on the money, "pun intended".
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 27, 11 12:46 PM
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In the current national environment I think Kabot has a chance...
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Wow first the Kabot News and now this.... Yes we Cain!
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 27, 11 2:12 PM
Anyone who thinks Dennis Suskind & Steve Kenney were Dems is delusional.
They were rejected by the SHTGOP & picked up by the Dems. Zenk was the only real Dem & I'm not going there.

Linda rubber stamped all the spending & other games under Heaney when she was a Councilwoman, after being Vinces' Secretary. Let's not forget her famous
Flight 800 picture of the missile & the $50k it brought her.

Anything else?
By G (342), Southampton on Sep 27, 11 2:24 PM
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This comment board is proof positive that Linda brings out the loonies! HAH! Love it! I am writing in Sarah Palin! HAH!
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Sep 27, 11 3:45 PM
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G could it be you who is delusional, rejected by the SHTGOP??? I would like to hear what Suskind and Kenney have to say about your comment. I'd also like to hear what the Democrat leader of that time has to also say.
IMG now I have head everything, when it is brought to light that the democrates held the majority at the time of this wild spending under Heaney, the democrates just say the parties involved were really republicans or something else. HaHaHaHa.
This election season is shaping ...more
Sep 27, 11 4:39 PM appended by reg rep
OK G, so both Suskind and Kenny were rejects who were asleep on the town board while Heaney wildly spent money. OK I get it. Thanks.....
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Sep 27, 11 4:39 PM
RRep - You must be new here! Kenny was a Republican before running for Council. Suskind was a Republican, wooed the Dems w/ his $$ then went & ran his own show.Not a Dem so could not tell you who the Party chair was at that time. Neil seems to be posting & I'm sure he could expound on the history.

By G (342), Southampton on Sep 27, 11 6:16 PM
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By Jaws (245), East Quogue on Sep 28, 11 12:55 AM
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By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Sep 28, 11 2:37 PM
You had your chance. You failed. Move on.
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Sep 28, 11 3:59 PM
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Y'know, they're pretty sure the Kepler telescope, and a team which included researchers from Carnegie, and the Carl Sagan institute just found your circumbinary home!!
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 28, 11 6:57 PM
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Gee, how long have you been waiting to use that one?
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Sep 29, 11 11:12 AM
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Totally off the cuff, actually.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 29, 11 8:14 PM
Linda Kabot . . . .Linda Kabot . . . . Oh yeah, I remember that name. That's the lady who's part of the crowd that screwed everything up. Lot of people here going to a lot of trouble to carve Linda Kabot out of that crowd, make it seem like she wasn't with those guys. Makes you wonder why? Why are they so hot to prove this fish didn't swim with the others? I don't buy it. She's got eyes, she's got ears, she's not stupid. She knew what was going down all along, but only ten years in did she ...more
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Sep 29, 11 3:01 PM
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That is you opinion CreamPie
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Sep 29, 11 4:53 PM
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Your eagle there needs to open his eyes, joe. So do you.
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Oct 3, 11 12:08 PM
This is one fact that I know, and I am not into politics that much..ATH is a BOLD FACE LIAR.. If you followed LInda's case. The court proved that ATH LIED when she said she did not recieve any calls from the USLESS WHB POLICE( WHO ARE ALSO LIARS) .
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Oct 1, 11 11:24 AM
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I agree ATH is a liar but it was the SHPD she denied getting a call from. It turned out (according to the newspaper) it was a text message from Pat Aube the then president of the SH PBA. Followed-up by a phone call from him in the middle of the night.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Oct 1, 11 10:19 PM
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Unless I am missing something, to call out one politician as being a liar would ignore the fact that every politician lies and is free with the facts. So, if we can all agree that neither of these candidates are ethical by virtue of them being in politics, then we can move to other topics of comparison thereby enlightening the voting public and their differences.
By kaluss45 (44), southampton on Oct 2, 11 7:24 AM
There are two very different groups supporting this Linda Kabot write-in candidacy. First are the folks who genuinely like Linda. Unfortunately for her, they aren't enough to get her elected. Second are the organization Republicans, the good old boys who don't like Linda at all, but see her running as a means to get out more voters who will also pull the lever for the Republican Town Board candidates. These guys are so reptilian-cynical that they won't vote for Linda themselves -- not in a million ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Oct 2, 11 12:22 PM
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WHEN SHE LOSES, SHE WILL SUE hic
By live freeor (1), hampton bays on Oct 2, 11 5:56 PM